November 2021 Letter

Dear Member,

We hope all is well and everyone is staying healthy. It seems like we’re heading to the back nine; hopefully, we’ll finish strong. We have to stay the course and hang in there. Nationally, the golf industry has been on an upswing with the advent of the pandemic. Hopefully it will continue to trickle down to rural America and Southern Illinois. Somehow, we always seem to survive.

Red Hawk has had a good year thanks in part to all of your support. The golf course is in great shape and the greens are rolling super. A huge thank you to Ray, Pete, Tyler, Johnnie, Steve Barber, Mike, and Shorty. I think after 16 years we finally have it down to a science. I would especially like to recognize Gayland Chancey and Donnie “Shorty” Kellerman for all their guidance and wisdom over the years. They have given selflessly of their time to keep this golf course going. They are like surrogate fathers to me!

Michelle and I are currently trying to sell the golf course and are looking for an owner that would continue our vision. We would also consider some sort of majority buyout or investment. A local buyout option may be ideal so the course could continue with locally decided improvements. No matter what the future holds, we will do our very best to make sure this situation doesn’t adversely affect your membership or your access to the course. We consider Southern Illinois to be our home and I would be happy to assist the new owners in some capacity. I’ve learned a lot in the last sixteen years and I feel I would be a good resource.

This offseason, we will market the facility aggressively. So please don’t be surprised if you see a big sign or an ad on the internet. Our annual membership will continue as usual. If a sale happens, we will pro-rate the membership revenue for the new ownership. Regardless of what happens, we hope we can still implement some of our ideas for the club. In conclusion, we hope to preserve the Red Hawk tradition and quality golf course. And we want to be honest and transparent to our local members. We wish this golf course success even after our time here is done. Please don’t hesitate to call me at (618) 318-6939 with any concerns and questions. Have a great holiday and we are looking forward to seeing you soon!

Dan & Michelle Breslin

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2018 Membership Letter

Dear Member,

Red Hawk hopes this letter finds you and your family in good health. We can’t believe that it is already November and our golf season is slowing down. The good news is that the weather is forecast to be mild this winter. Hopefully, you will take advantage of this mild weather and we will see you around the club. Bring a friend or relative and show them around the facility. If they have an interest in golf, point them in my direction. Let’s keep our old course going and growing for future generations. Speaking of keeping the old course going, we have made some significant improvements this year. We have resurfaced and striped the parking lot. We are about to resurface more of the cart paths with the help of funds raised through the Roger Seibert Memorial Tournament. This year we have been partnering with Southern Illinois Landscaping and Mr. Alex Eade to keep our course in top shape. Alex has been invaluable as our turf specialist consultant and our able maintenance crew has responded well to his guidance. A special thank you goes out to our volunteers: Don (Shorty) Kellerman, Max Witbracht, Gayland Chancey, and Bill Whitman. We could not keep this course going without everyone’s help! This year we have enhanced our golf cart fleet by leasing carts from Little Egypt and we will continue doing so next year. Our mechanic, Anthony Kellerman, has also been doing his part to keep our carts well maintained.

It is important to us to make Red Hawk a fun place. Our Monday evening Ladies League has continued to grow and evolve into an evening enjoyed by not only the ladies, but their spouses as well. The Tuesday night Men’s League has maintained its loyal following and the Thursday night Mixed Scramble has flourished. We so appreciate your support of the golf course but also the support of the food and beverage in the Clubhouse. We are very proud of our facility under the amazing supervision of Erica Nehrkorn and Kevin Mayer. Please continue to sample our daily specials and remember our beautiful venue for any of your celebrations.

Please know that Michelle and I are committed to keeping Red Hawk a success for the future. We would very much appreciate your continued help and support. Don’t forget to encourage others to join the Red Hawk family and please keep your suggestions coming on how we can continue to improve our facility. Let’s all do our part to make Red Hawk and golf, in general, a great experience. Holiday blessings to you all!

Sincerely,

Dan & Michelle Breslin

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